previous exhibitions 2016

27 November 2016 - 6 January 2017


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15th Annual City of Marion
Community Art Exhibition

artwork in various media by residents of the City of Marion

This exhibition has become a much anticipated event for all the creative residents of the Marion Council area, with approximately 120 participants displaying their work this year. They range from junior artists, hobbyists and ‘weekend dabblers’ through to professional practitioners.

Artwork in all media was featured, including paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculpture, photography, textiles, mosaics, glass and basketry, with most of the artwork for sale at very affordable prices.

The event is fully supported each year by the City of Marion, with no fee for the artists to enter. In addition, on launch day, the Mayor of Marion presents an award for the ‘Most Outstanding Artwork’, as well as several ‘Merit Awards’. A ‘People’s Choice’ award is given at the end of the exhibition.

If you are a resident of the City of Marion and would like to be advised when the next Annual Community exhibition for 2017 is being organised, please email Gallery M at

28 October - 18 November 2016


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Continental Drift

contemporary artwork by
Harekrishna Bag, Loka Nithi Bag, Vijay Kowshik,
Eileen Lubiana, Alison Main, Alan Ramachandran
& Ian Willding

This exhibition brings together the works of seven contemporary artists who have come from diverse cultural and geographical backgrounds. Each has a well established career based on their professional arts practice.

Husband and wife Harekrishna Bag and Loka Nithi Bag came to Adelaide from Bengal, India in 1992. Harekrishna was the Head of Printmaking at Rabindra Bharathi University, and completed his Master of Arts Degree at UniSA. Loka, who has a Phd in Early Indian Art, paints finely detailed depictions of life, with colour built up using layers of fine brush strokes.

Vijay Kowshik is an Indian artist who has sent his work to South Australia for this exhibition. Currently he is Secretary of the Rasaja Foundation, & General Secretary-Arts Glacerhi, Delhi.

Eileen Lubiana is a Visual Artist living and working on the South Coast of South Australia. She is a graduate of Adelaide Central School of Art and has exhibited in Adelaide and Melbourne.

Alison Main was was a Sydney architect, but for thirty years she has been an Adelaide painter. Paper/junk sculptures are her secret vice. She works in a variety of 2D and 3D media, including pastels and paint.

Alan Ramachandran is Singapore born artist who moved to Adelaide in 2007. An award winning water colourist, he is captivated by the streetscapes and landscapes of Adelaide and Australia. He uses vibrant seasonal colours to generate deep and dark shadows in summer and cool blue skies in winter

Ian Willding Ian is a well-known Australian painter, working in a unique abstract style. He was born in Forbes, New South Wales, and moved to Adelaide in 1989. Ian was proud of his indigenous background and used his artwork to explore the depth of his heritage. Sadly, Ian passed away in August this year. 

30 September - 23 October 2016


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Far  Far

contemporary paintings and photography
by German artist Fabian Freese

This is a truly international exhibition coming to Gallery M, featuring the art of German artist Fabian Freese. His works include contemporary minimalist paintings, ‘lightpainting photography’ and mixed media.

Fabian is also travelling to Adelaide for the launch of his exhibition. "I think it’s very important to communicate and network with other artists about their works and also speak about my own work" he says.

Freese studied visual Arts in Essen, Germany, and graduated in 2011. Since then his artworks have been exhibited in countries across Europe, America and Asia. Earlier this year he had an exhibition in Manhattan, New York; and was represented in Art Fairs in Germany, England and Spain.

a light in the dark

artwork in various media by artists associated with Grow(SA)

This year’s exhibition from the Grow Program features the work of approximately 15 artists working in a variety of media. Their experience ranges from semi-professional to amateur, and they are celebrating their journey of hope and personal growth - a light in the dark times - through creativity and self-expression.

Grow is a peer supported National Organisation and provides a program for growth and personal development to people with mental illness and those people experiencing difficulty in coping with life’s challenges. The Grow Program is designed for people to take back control of their lives, overcome obstacles and start living a life full of meaning, hope and optimism.

Many people who suffer from mental illness and emotional health challenges often isolate themselves from the people around them, and may become disconnected from society at large. This isolation can take the form of shutting down all spontaneity and limiting self-expression.

Art can help turn this around – it can be both a forum and a catalyst. Creation of art and art pieces can break down barriers to self expression, and often there emerges a personal description of this journey, in a form that is meaningful to its creator. This description may contain important sign posts that help lead one further away from the dark years of past disconnection. These signposts once recognised can help point one towards the light of life, love and happiness.

2 - 25 September 2016


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Largely Miniature

artwork in various media by members of the
Marion Art Group

The Marion Art Group was formed in 1978, and in the ensuing years has become a well known and respected group of artists producing high standard works. The group originated when local artists formed a group to paint and exhibit together. After meeting in the old Warradale Institute for ten years, the group moved to the Marino Community Hall, where members still meet and paint on Mondays.  Members work on their own projects using their chosen medium.

 Marion Art Group is a non-profit, self supporting organisation with a large membership. The group exhibits at local venues through the year, and raises funds for charities by raffling a member’s donated painting at each exhibition. Over the years, many thousands of dollars have been donated to various charities. 

While not a teaching group, well known artists are regularly invited to demonstrate or conduct workshops. Optional portraiture and still life groups are held monthly. After nearly forty years the group is still committed to fostering an active interest in painting for people of all ages – in the Marion community and further afield. Prospective new members are always welcome.

Fractured Dawn

artworks by Janette Humble

Janette is inspired by the colours of our Australian bush land - their dazzling brilliance and their striking contrasts. She loves the bright blues, the orange reds, pinks and yellows set against a backdrop of a myriad of greens.

The title ‘Fractured Dawn’ is partly found in the literal lighting of each piece and partly through the natural cycle of the Australian bush. Though not every piece is a dawn landscape, Janette is showing the subtle changes between one dawn and another, the stillness, the wildlife, the raw beauty and the fierce bloom of colour, all of which demonstrate the fractured and fragile state of our native Australian bush.

Working in an abstracted or impressionistic style, Janette hopes to evoke in the viewer the knowledge that every dawn, every awakening, every new day is different from the last and is, in a sense, fractured from our perceptions and assumptions of the day just gone.

OUT 'n' South Australia

selected artworks, retrospectively from the last 40 years, by
Dean Ormond  -  Dip T. (Fine Art) BA Fine Art

This exhibition features a selection of works that have been inspired by several areas of South Australia, and have been created in multi media. They come from various series including ‘Terowie & Booborowie Plain’, ‘the Fleurieu Peninsula’, ‘Adelaide & the Port’, and ‘the Barossa’.

Dean was trained as an artist and Art Teacher in the late 1960’s at the South Australian School of Art, and has also been a Painting Lecturer at TAFE.

He describes himself as basically a landscape painter, working mainly in acrylics, although he has also dabbled with printmaking, photography, ceramics and collage. Dean specializes in South Australian landscapes with old buildings, a subject that he still finds inspiring after 40 years! 

Over the years he has won numerous awards, and his work can also be seen in many private collections around Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore

5 - 28 August 2016


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Gallery M Open Contemporary Prize 2016

an exhibition of selected finalists' artwork in various media,
with $4,500 in prizes

8 - 31 July 2016


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Fine Art Photography

an exhibition of photography by
Leonid Olijnyk

Leonid Olijnyk was born in the Ukraine and came to Australia in 1949 at the age of fourteen. He studied Photography at the South Australian Institute of Technology and consequently lectured for several years in Photographic Techniques.

Leonid has a unique style of photography and presentation that is completely original.

Using precision high definition cameras, and printing on archival fine art papers, Leonid creates works of art that capture a moment in time never to be forgotten.

With Words /  Without Words

artworks in various media by
Andie Marten, Mem Graham, Isobel McGarry & Wendy Wright

Each of these four artists asked themselves to consider ideas within the theme: that of narrative, poetry, social commentary and direct communication and how they are conveyed by words, symbols and/or images.

Working both literally and abstractly, they have used a range of disciplines and a variety of materials and techniques when exploring their individual interpretation of the theme.

The exhibition includes some large densely stitched textile hangings, smaller textile artworks as well as works on paper and canvas, and 3D works in the form of artist’s books and containers.

10 June - 3 July 2016


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20 20 Vision

artworks in various media by artists associated with
the Burra Regional Art Gallery

Burra Gallery is celebrating its 20th year in 2016. It is a time for reflection on what they have achieved and where to next as they celebrate connections old and new.  A new connection is here at Gallery M.

This year both galleries are participating in a cross promotion of their artists, with the Adelaide based Red House Group currently showing their exhibition in Burra. By making connections through art, Burra Gallery fosters excellence in the arts, and supports the work of regional and young artists.


artworks in various media by the Artsparks Collective
Julian Lee, Bruce Marquis, Terry Paterson, Virginia Paterson, Mignon Schneider & Ruth Turner

Artsparks Collective consists of a group of six artists linked through studies at the Adelaide College of the Arts.

Collective members consist of painters Bruce Marquis who paints contemporary subjects; and Terry Paterson who portrays the daily lives of ordinary folk.

Two other painters are Ruth Turner who depicts floral and figurative works, and Mignon Schneider who specialises in portraiture with an emphasis on the human face.

Virginia Paterson is a sculptor who enjoys building and carving the human form. Julian Lee works in a broad range of art disciplines which include painting, drawing and photography often using unconventional methods.

13 May - 5 June 2016


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Reconciliation - A Journey Through Art

An exhibition that explores the stories and the meaning behind public and community art, reflecting on traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture

The City of Marion has a rich Aboriginal and European history. This exhibition celebrates both National Reconciliation Week and the annual History SA Festival, focusing on selected works from the City of Marion’s Aboriginal art collection.

Including Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander artwork in arts and cultural development programs and displaying them in Council buildings is an important part of the journey towards reconciliation.

The recently commissioned artwork ‘Cultural Sustainability’ by artist Allan Sumner, which celebrates Aboriginal culture is to be placed in the City of Marion Council Chamber this year.

These powerful images showcased through a variety of art media, reference, acknowledge and celebrate Aboriginal culture, and are reminders of how we are working together to create a shared future.

Drawn In

artworks featuring drawn elements, in various media
by members of the
Red House Group Inc

As the Red House Group moves in to its 22nd year, the challenge continues for members to extend themselves to produce artwork of a consistently high quality in a range of media.

‘Drawn In’ showcases the work of approximately 60 members, who choose to work in a wide variety of styles. But for this exhibition, each artwork is a drawing.

The big question is – how do you define ‘a drawing’?

Similar exhibitions featuring drawings were held in Gallery M in 2006 and 2011 with great success. Once again Red House artists have responded to this challenge with an eclectic mix of work, both traditional and contemporary.

Some of the drawings in this exhibition have been etched on glass, stitched on paper and textiles, put onto handmade paper, woven into baskets, decorated porcelain and formed into a 3D sculpture, using wire.

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15 April - 8 May 2016


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Things Called Art

artworks in various media by members of
The Artists Voice

The Artist’s Voice is a group of Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu professional artists who share resources, ideas and enthusiasm, and raise awareness of local art within the community. All members of the Artist’s Voice are trained artists who pride themselves on being able to mount strong coherent exhibitions with great diversity.

Since their establishment in 1997 the group has mounted several exhibitions per year as well as solo exhibitions throughout South Australia.

Each member has a track record of art education, and exhibitions apart from those mounted by the Artists’ Voice Inc. Their lists of attributes include awards, public and private commissions, representation in collections and funded work with community arts projects.

This exhibition features a variety of artwork, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and printmaking. Some members fall into the New Media category of work via their experiments and creation of works using computer technology. Apart from works on paper, board and canvas, media used by members are ceramics, wood and metal, fabric, fused glass, printmaking, found materials and dyes.

11 March - 10 April 2016


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Views & Vistas

artworks by
Cathi Steer & Angelo Gencarelli

Cathi and Angelo are longtime friends, and thought it would be a good idea to combine their efforts and exhibit their travel inspired work together.

Cathi has been painting and drawing virtually since she can remember, and in the last few years she has had the opportunity to travel, which has provided her with new and exciting inspiration.

Cathi’s works capture every nuance of the changing light, be it on a building, a country path or features in the natural environment. This is particularly so with her representation of water – the canals of Venice or quiet waterways are brought to life with her keen observation of the multi coloured hues in the ripples and shadows.

Angelo’s work ranges from realist representation of nature to surrealist, and social comments executed in oil, pencil, pastel, clay and print media. His latest work is a series of pastels inspired by the beautiful rustic buildings and street scenes of South-western France.

Angelo’s striking images of rural scenes and buildings are like a snapshot in time – the moment the sun casts a shadow on a cobbled wall, or the formation of clouds in a brilliant blue sky. His bold use of colour adds drama and definition to his subject matter, which ranges from village streets, rooftop views and depictions of the country side.

12 February - 6 March 2016


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an exhibition of contemporary textiles by members of the
Fibre Artists Network (FAN)

The Fibre Artist Network (FAN) is an informally structured group of like-minded textile artists who meet several times a year to network and keep in touch with what is happening in the world of textile arts.

This exhibition will feature the work of thirty five members of the group, who have created contemporary textile pieces on the theme of ‘wanderings’. All of the pieces have a uniformity of width – approximately 60cm, but will vary in height and of course, style.

These artists are passionate about textile arts, and enjoy exploring colours and use fibre, fabric, thread and stitch in varied ways. Some also use dye, paint, printing, beads and unusual found objects to embellish their work.

By showing different styles of textile art one can see how individual artists use similar techniques to achieve quite varied results.

The Fibre Artist Network came together over ten years ago and FAN has continued to host workshops and arrange group exhibitions since its inception.

15 January - 7 February 2016


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New Beginnings

an exhibition of glass artwork by
Mark Thiele

Mark Thiele is a leading Australian glass artist, well known for his exquisite blown forms. This new work was produced through a recent residency awarded to him at the Canberra Glass works.

His inspiration comes from the rich, striking colours and contours of the landscape in the rugged outback of Australia. "I am excited about the direction my work is taking and the interest it is generating. Through my exploration, I feel I have developed my own style and a way of working that is unique and beautiful" Mark says.


an exhibition of artworks in various media by
Red House Group Inc

The Red House Group is a not-for-profit artist managed group, that that acts as a focus for art and cultural activities for all individuals and groups in the City of Marion council area and its surrounding region.

The title ‘Clique’ is not so much a theme as an idea – the only guidance given to artists was that only 2D (ie: wall hanging work) be submitted.

All work will be sized no larger than 60cm high or wide, creating a uniformity of display. The work in this exhibition will travel to Burra for an exhibition in April, forging links between Gallery M and Burra Regional Art Gallery.